A new year brings great potential for hope, generosity and compassion. UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing), one of our most popular churchwide special Sundays, is on the horizon. On March 11, 2018, we will join with thousands of other congregations across the connection in a special offering to support UMCOR.
When our congregation participates in UMCOR Sunday, we help cover the operating budget of UMCOR. Your support makes it possible for UMCOR to direct 100 percent of all other contributions to the projects our donors specify, instead of using this money on administrative or fundraising costs.
It is a powerful statement that your gifts enable UMCOR to respond in times of crisis. UMCOR is present with heartfelt prayers, empathy, monetary donations and volunteering spirits after disaster strikes. We saw that over and over in 2017 when hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Marie battered Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Puerto Rico, and again when mudslides swept through Sierra Leone.
UMCOR is there for the long haul, thanks to your generosity. UMCOR is still present in Louisiana and West Virginia more than a year after floods devastated parts of those states. That is just one example of UMCOR's commitment to helping survivors get back on their feet.
The work of UMCOR also goes beyond disaster relief. As millions of refugees and migrants seek safety and opportunity, UMCOR is present. All over the world, UMCOR is there, providing compassion and hope to those who desperately need it.
Please pray about what you will be able to donate to UMCOR in the month of March.